Lifestyles Report…Black dogs need love

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Did you hear the latest? A man has accused the POTUS of being racist for selecting another black dog. That’s right I said it.

In a story last week in our Digital Daily, a ‘journalist’ accused President Obama of being biased for selecting yet another black dog. Patrick Howley, a conservative blogger, took POTUS to task for not having any white dogs. I say why should he?

The Portuguese Water Dog does come in other colors but they are not as common as the black.

I like black dogs and even owned one once. There have been all kinds of dogs in the White House. During the Clinton Administration there was Buddy the Chocolate Lab, the Carters had Grits a spotted dog. There have been cats, Golden Retrievers and even a horse. This is the first time I’ve heard anyone challenge the color of the pet. Give me a break.

Did you know that black dogs are the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized in shelters? That is according to Black Dog, Second Change.com. As a matter of fact there are a lot of sites like this. Blackpearldogs.com says we are guessing that the general public is not aware of how doomed black dogs are when they are brought to a pound because black dogs, particularly black labs or lab mixes, are euthanized at a horrifying rate at many pounds and shelters because people pass them up for lighter colored dogs. If you are thinking about adopting a dog please don’t overlook black dogs because they are just as loving and wonderful as lighter dogs.

Can you believe it? Bias comes in to play with the color of dogs just like with people. Some people say the black dogs look meaner and that they don’t photograph that well. To dispute that point there is a wonderful book that will allow you to celebrate Black dogs and support the SPCA. If you have a black dog…or know someone who does…there’s a new book just for you. “Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Dark Dogs” is a photographic tribute to America’s least appreciated canines by writer and photographer Pam Townsend.

I’m still shaking my head about this subject. My black dog was a mixture of Border collie and Shepard and was the most loving dog. This bias even has a name it is called “Black Dog Syndrome.” I’ve been thinking about getting another dog if I can figure out how this dog will fit into my schedule but I know one thing whatever dog I get it will be black.

Now I feel that I need to rescue a black dog just like I’ve rescued numerous black Santa Clauses from the sale rack of so many stores. Not long ago I adopted a black ceramic chef with a cracked arm. He was on sale at Burlington and I could tell he was in need of a good home. He has been happy working in my kitchen holding up a roll of paper towels for a while now. He has not complained. Adopt a black dog.

(Email the columnist at deb­bienorrell@aol.com)

 

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